Giddy’up partner. We are in Texas!!!   and whoa it is obvious. If you are not wearing a cowboy hat and wrangler jeans you stick out.

 

Big Bend received its name because the Rio Grande River makes a big bend here and goes thru 3 canyons over the parks 181 Miles of Riverfront ( Santa Elena Canyon being the most scenic). The park is 800,000 acres and the roads are not very direct. We drove today for just about two hours (all inside the park) to reach Santa Elena Canyon, then hiked in for the photos below. As such with most National Parks, photos do not capture the grandeur of the scene. This canyon is huge. One side of the Canyon is the U.S and the other is Mexico. Today was another scorching day, (34 C) and there is no wind in the Desert. Being so hot, we wanted to swim in the River, but it is too dirty.

Water is very scarce in the park and park rules dictate that each person can use a max of 5 gallons of water per day. (drinking, washroom, etc). (once I hit my 5 gallon ration, I switch to Beer, and Aya can’t get mad, rules are rules) It is hard to believe so many animals can live here.  Texas is rather dangerous after dark as you have to be careful where you step. There are tarantulas (we saw one today) scorpions, poisonous snakes, and Javelina’s (wild hogs) in the campground. If the Javelina’s are cornered they will attack we are told. We have not seen a Javelina yet….. but we can hear them from our campsite, they are close by.

If anyone is wondering how this border works, just separated by a River, we have seen 15+ Border Patrol trucks and there are checkpoints on all highways out of the area. So seems they are on top of it.

 

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Texas Desert, most of the park is Desert.

Texas Desert, most of the park is Desert.

Start of Hiking into the Canyon

Start of Hiking into the Canyon

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more walking......

more walking……

End of the road, you would have to swim to continue up river

End of the road, you would have to swim to continue up river

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Taking a rest

Taking a rest